MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson pitched six solid innings in his major league debut, and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Saturday.
Gibson (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits, and he struck out five to become the first first-round pick in Twins history to win a start in his major league debut. He had plenty of early help as Minnesota scored five in the first inning.
Wade Davis (4-6) was yanked after giving up another run in the second with no one out. The one inning outing marked Davis’ shortest outing of the season for the Royals, who have lost seven of 10.
The Twins made Gibson the No. 22 pick in the 2009 draft, but his road to the big leagues was derailed when he elbow replacement surgery in September 2011.
Gibson’s long-awaited arrival to the Twins’ rotation came this week after starter Mike Pelfrey was placed on the disabled list because of a strained back.
Gibson received the loudest cheers during pregame introductions, and he delighted the crowd by striking out slugger Billy Butler to end the first inning.